Area 345 sq.km. One larger island north of Trinidad and some of the Grenadine islets south of St. Vincent. The most southerly of the Windward Islands in the West Indies.
Capital St. George's 27,000. Urbanites 34%.
East Indian 3%.
Literacy 85%, functional literacy nearer 35-40%. Official language English.
Major economic activities are tourism and agriculture (spices, cocoa, bananas). Gradual recovery from the disastrous post-independence flirtation with Marxism. A free market economy today, growing at around 6% annually. Unemployment 20%. HDI 0.777; 52nd/174. Public debt 35% of GNP. Income/person $2,900 (10% of USA).
French rule 1650-1783, when ceded to Britain. Independent in 1974 as a parliamentary monarchy. Independence has proved stormy with bizarre dictatorships, repression and two increasingly Marxist coups; the last of which provoked the US invasion of 1983 and restoration of democratic government. A stable constitutional monarchy with a parliamentary democratic form of government since then.
There is complete freedom of religion.
b) Widespread nominalism even in evangelical congregations. The illegitimacy rate is 82% and there is little known of a stable two-parent family in part a tragic legacy of the slave culture of earlier centuries.
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